6 Oldest Countries in the World by History
Just as humans have age, so does a country. There are countries that are young, and there are also old ones. Currently, there are 193 countries recognized by the United Nations (UN). Some of them are categorized as the oldest countries in the world.
The predicate of the oldest country in the world is certainly not proven by a birth certificate as in humans, but by historical relics that can be found.
List of the Oldest Countries in the World
Launching Oldest, here are the 6 oldest countries in the world that have started civilization since 3200 BC.
Iran is the youngest country in the group of oldest countries in the world. It is estimated that the country that used to be known as Persia until 1935 was founded around 550 BC under the Achaemenid Empire. However, long before that year civilization in Iran was started by several groups.
Japan often cites 660 BC as the year their country was founded. This refers to Emperor Jimmu who started the imperial dynasty of Japan that year. To this day, Emperor Jimmu is considered legendary and is believed to be a descendant of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu.
The Classical Greek period as it is known as the foundation of modern civilization began around 800 BC. But for the beginning of civilization, Greece has existed since the Dark Ages.
The year 800 BC in Greece is known as the Archaic period, during which the Greeks had made a lot of progress, such as in art, technology, and most importantly the discovery of the concept of the city-state and democracy. The forerunner of other European countries began here.
In fact, people have been living in India since around 3300 BC. But it wasn't until 1500 BC to 600 BC that India's journey as a nation began.
This period is known as the Vedic Period, which is named after Vedic texts which were orally compiled in Vedic Sanskrit and provide details about Vedic culture. While modern India was only founded in 1947 after the country gained independence from the British Empire.
Although never found historical records of the Xia Dynasty which lasted from 2070 BC to 1600 BC, this dynasty is believed to be the starting point of the Chinese state. The first written historical records in China that were found date back to the Shang Dynasty which lasted from 1600 BC – 1046 BC.
Although Ancient Egyptian civilization can be traced back to 6000 BC, Egypt as a country is believed to have been formed in 3100 BC. During this period, Upper and Lower Egypt were united into a single kingdom by King Menes, or in historians' versions, the founder of the Egyptian state was a businessman named Narmer.
Under his rule, King Menes established control over the Nile for navigation, and established the capital city at Memphis (a city near present-day Cairo). Meanwhile, modern Egypt was only founded in 1953, a year after the Egyptian Revolution of 1952.
Those are the 6 oldest countries in the world that have stood and started their civilization long before the concepts of modern states were known. Do you have another version?